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The "Dead or Alive?" website is offering a $10 "per head" reward for any name included on its "People Alive Over 85" page whose status dead or alive has been out of date for more than three days. (Click here to view the current roster of people alive over 85 as compiled by the "Dead or Alive?" website and click here for details regarding its $10 reward offer.) If you would like to be the first person to win $190, below are nineteen individuals the site claims are alive who are actually deceased and have been for far longer than three days.

Albanian leader Ramiz Alia (1925 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor R. G. Armstrong (1917 2012)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Choreographer Gerald Arpino (1928 2008)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Turkish leader Süleyman Demirel (1924 – 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actress Joan Fontaine (1917 2013)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Humorist Stan Freberg (1926 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor Craig Hill (1927 2014)
     (Click here for his Hollywood Reporter obituary)

South African defense minister Magnus Malan (1930 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

"Mother of Islam" Ruby Muhammad (1906 2011)
     (Click here for her official website)

Singer Ray Price (1926 2013)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Writer Ruth Rendell (1930 2015)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Actress Ann Rutherford (1920 2012)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Baseball player Duke Snider (1926 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Actor G. D. Spradlin (1920 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Politician Ted Stevens (1923 2010)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Diplomat Malcolm Toon (1916 2009)
     (Click
here for his listing on the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian website)

German president Richard von Weizsäcker (1920 2015)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Pianist Roger Williams (1924 2011)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Producer David L. Wolper (1928 2010)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Below are three additional individuals the site lists as alive who have actually passed away. They're not on the "People Alive Over 85" page, however, so I'm not sure if the $10 reward applies.

Singer Eydie Gormé (1931 2013)
     (Click here for her New York Times obituary)

Actor John Kerr (1931 2013)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

Sierra Leonean president Ahmed Tejan Kabbah (1932 2014)
     (Click here for his New York Times obituary)

In the case of the "People Alive Over 85" page, somebody is definitely monitoring and updating the listings, albeit sporadically. Singer Dolores Hope was, for a long time after she died in 2011, included on the list, but she's now been removed. Actress Luise Rainer was deleted from the page immediately after her death in December 2014. Moreover, new people turning 85 are frequently being added. The heading of the "People Alive Over 85" page reads, "Yes, despite some skeptical emails received, all of the following people really are alive...yes, really." And yet, a quick Google search shows they're really not.

The "Instructions" page of the "Dead or Alive?" website contains the following blurb: "Keep in mind that in the last four years only one mistake has been discovered in the status of an individual listed on the site. That's the single most important and accurate piece of information included and the site is proud of that record. In the case referred to, the individual had died in obscurity and the news had not been widely disseminated."

The veracity of the above statement seems rather meaningless, I feel, considering that not just one, but at least twenty-two of the listings on the site are wrong. As a webmaster myself, God knows I've experienced my share of mistakes, but I make a point to update my site as soon as I become aware of them.

If you're successful in collecting any part of the reward, please let me know. I'm not asking that you split it with me, however. Just the fact that you were able to get thru to the person or persons who monitor the site will be reward enough for me.

Good luck!!!

Walter Breitzke

Webmaster, Noted Nonagenarians and Centenarians

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Last modified: August 24, 2015